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Street vendors: MedellĂ­n, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta

A video installation with four films about street vendors, everyday design and spontaneous architecture in four cities on four different continents.

Still uit de film 'Calle' in Medellín, 2018 — © Su Tomesen

Street vendors are resourceful in their claim of sidewalks and, while improvising, manage to generate their income. Tomesen portrays them while revealing the beauty of unintentional compositions, colors, forms, repetitive qualities. By this, the films remind of installation art and performances.

'Street vendors' is a video installation with four films about street vendors in four cities on four continents. We watch the sellers as they're being observed by Su Tomesen in their daily trials and tribulations. The entrepreneurs prove to be resourceful

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About Su Tomesen

The work of Su Tomesen consists of videos, photographs and installations focusing on ingenuity in public space. After getting an MA in Fine Art at the Sandberg Institute in 2007 she’s been artist-in-residence in Amman, Belgrade, Johannesburg, Medellín and Tirana. She also worked for the international video project City One Minutes in Port-au-Prince, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Su Tomesen is based in Amsterdam and Yogyakarta. Since 2017 her work is structurally supported by Mondriaan Fund.

Still uit de film 'Rruga' in Tirana, 2016

Still uit de film 'Street' in Johannesburg, 2017

Still uit de film 'Jalan' in Yogyakarta, 2012

Still uit de film 'Rruga' in Tirana, 2016

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